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I have been cleaning up users permissions on one of my servers and I have came across a strange user name e.g.. S-1-5-21-220523388-764733703-682443331-1597, in  the properties \security tab and I was wondering if there is any way of translating this username back to the original so that i can see the username e.g. bob.smith?

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No, not normally. What you see is the SID of the user or group, that is stored in the actual object (in this case the permission list on an NTFS folder). This is translated to a readable name only at the time you look at it with Explorer, by requesting the matching user name to the Security Authority that holds the user/group name.
When the user or group is deleted from Active Directory or the Local Users/Groups, the name is no longer in the system, but the permission on the folder is still set...
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/reskit/distrib/dsce_ctl_yicc.mspx?mfr=true

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